I Don’t Usually Do This Kind Of Thing…..

“I don’t usually do this kind of thing.”
It’s something someone might say when they sleep with someone on the first date, or do something they’re not supposed to do, but secretly really really want to do, even if it’s bad for them.  At least that’s what I hear.  But me, that’s something I say when I find that I have not only cast on for, but finished in record time (for me), a …… wait for it …… shawl.  Now I’m wondering what that itch is.  Did I catch some malignant desire to actually do it again?  I don’t think there’s a cure for that yet.
See, I get the lure of the shawl when it comes to the act of knitting one.  Pretty yarn, lovely lace, charts up the kazoo for all us masochists, and then it’s all blocked up and gorgeous as can be when you’re finished.  But can I really see myself wearing one?  No.  Not really.  Though I do admit I’d like to have one for reading in bed.  So what’s the point?  I don’t know and I don’t have a ready answer.  All I can say is: I saw, I wanted, I had stash.  Really, I never do this kind of thing.  Just this once.  At least, that’s what I’ll say until next time.


  • Pattern:  Oscilloscope Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn from Knitscene, Fall 2010  (Ravelry link here; My Ravelry project link here)
  • Yarn:  Approximately 344 yds (1.72 hanks) of British Mohair, Mohair Silk in “Hale Heaven”
  • Needles:  Size 8 Harmony Interchangeables
  • Mods:  None, though if I were to make it again, I’d want it to be a bit larger


I loved knitting this. The pattern had enough variety to keep things interesting, yet the pattern repeats were easily memorized; the perfect combination for me. I didn’t like the yarn much until it was blocked, it kept shedding little bits of mohair all over the place.  But after blocking it turned out beautifully. The color is really much deeper in person – a rich purpley brown.  Too bad it doesn’t go with any of my stuff. Since I’m not a regular shawl-wearer, I didn’t have any shawl pins for this, but a bamboo dpn works wonders in a pinch.


13 thoughts on “I Don’t Usually Do This Kind Of Thing…..

  1. Beautiful!!! Love the design and the color–so rich.

    Funny, I just started a shawl (my first) last week.

    The planets must be aligned.

  2. That is beautiful! You did a wonderful job and it looks fantastic on you!

    I love to knit shawls; in fact, it has become an addiction. But I rarely wear them, so I always have other people in mind.

  3. That’s so lovely! And I love the color, it’s become one of my favorites. Your pictures made me realize I can knit a shawl and wear it like a cowl. My goal is to knit one in lace in a DK or sport weight.

  4. This shawl is lovely, and looks fabulous on you! I hope you’ll find ways to enjoy wearing it.
    Now, time for you to find another pattern that grabs you, because you need another one: a bigger one to wrap you in when you read in bed!

  5. I have atleast 25 shawl patterns in my ravelry queue and SO much yarn just waiting to be made into something gorgeous…..yet, I procrastinate with it. My main reason is, like you, I have no reason (or desire, really) to wear a shawl. But gosh they sure do look nice all knit up, maybe I’ll give one a go…..or not. :D

  6. It is lovely and the color flatters you! As for the bug, well once you cave it stays with you. Word of warning….stay away from my queue….there are a lot of patterns there calling for sock yarns….

  7. I have the same kind of feeling with shawls! They are beautiful but do I see myself wearing one? Last year, I’ve knit what I think is the most beautiful Bliss shawlette and enjoyed it so much, but have I worn it for real yet? Nope! Anyways, I’m pretty sure that I’ll knit a Citron one of these days too (and most probably others)! Yours is absolutely beautiful and seems very wearable ;-)

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